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Top 5 Hobart Walks


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Now is a great time to get out and about on weekends. The weather is warmer, the sun is shining and there is nothing more invigorating than a Saturday morning walk with friends, family or the dog to kick start your weekend.

Walking can be a social activity or a time to get the music on and zone out by yourself. It's a great way to unwind, boost your energy levels and keep in shape. I recommend that all of my clients do some walking or running in between their personal training sessions and Hobart is fantastic for making sure that your walk has a few hills to start toning up your legs and buttocks! Try and maintain your heart rate at around 75% of your maximum heart rate to get the most benefit and calorie burn from your walk, without exhausting yourself. To find this if you’re a woman you deduct your age from 225 and multiply that by 75%, so if you were 40 it would be 225-40 = 185 x 75% =140 BPM approx.

1. South Hobart Cascade Walking Track

Time: 1 hour return Difficulty: Moderate This walk is almost brand new and is one of many in the South Hobart area. It starts off opposite the brewery, (hmm I know what you're thinking but don’t be tempted!) on Old Farm Road and winds its way through gum trees, rainforest and crystal clear creeks until you eventually reach the top of Old Farm Road at the base of the mountain. Stop (but only briefly!) to enjoy the newly built stone bridge which crosses the creek - it's brilliant. This is a reasonably challenging walk as it does have quite a bit of uphill towards the end but it is suitable for everybody walking at their own pace. If you want to make it harder, try running on the flat sections.

2. Mt Nelson Steps to the Mount Nelson Signal Station

Time: 1.5 hours return Difficulty: Challenging Start off at Churchill Avenue opposite the University of Tasmania. This is a very challenging walk, as the first part up the steps gets very steep! This may not be a walk for beginners, more something to work your way up to, with the added benefit being the reward of a long black at the Signal Station Café.

3. Sandy Bay Churchill Avenue

Time: 1 hour 40 minutes return Difficulty: Challenging Start off at Churchill Ave near the Hutchins rowing sheds and head up to the Signal Station. The first part is all uphill on the steps made from rocks and is a great leg and butt workout that really gets your heart rate up (it works for me). For the last km it flattens out and winds its way gently to the signal station.

4. Kingston Cliff Top Walk

Time: Variable, 1-2 hours to suit your needs Difficulty: Easy This walk starts at Kingston Beach and can go all the way to Taroona depending on how energetic you are feeling. I haven't done this walk for some time but I remember it being relatively easy and quite scenic with glimpses of the water. That coupled with the smell of the salt-laden air makes this walk especially invigorating.

5. Hobart City Lunch Hour Walk

Time: Variable, 45 minutes – 1 hour Difficulty: Moderate There’s a walk right in the middle of town for those who like to pack in their exercise during lunch hour. It starts off at Molle Street and winds its way along the Hobart Rivulet past the Historic Women's Prison, through Cascade Gardens to the South Hobart Brewery and can continue on as far as you would like to take it. This is quite a challenging walk as it has two large, steep hills to negotiate but the rest is flat and quite easy. Along the way look out for the wild fish in the river and the small wallabies rummaging for food. This walk is very relaxing and by the time you get back to the office you will be feeling refreshed and ready for round 2!

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